They first burst out on the scene and began dominating their competition more than four decades ago, and the mighty Rolling Stones just haven’t stopped, according to Billboard, grossing more than $1.5 billion since 1990 and claiming the title of the top-grossing live act over that period.
The music industry publication has just released its list of the 25 highest-grossing live artists since 1990, with music legends the Rolling Stones, whose hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction dominated international music charts in 1965, nabbing the number one spot for the amount earned on the road since 1990, a period that began some 25 years after they first hit the airwaves.
Also cracking the $1 billion mark, are the rest of the top five, all veterans of the international touring circuit in their own right. U2 come in second, having also earned over
$1.5 billion, while Bono and co. also earned themselves top spot for attendance, with 20.5 million people lining up to see 526 shows since 1990.
Next on the list is arduous tourer Bruce Springsteen, who celebrates his 65th birthday this year. He earned nearly $1.2 billion while performing 727 shows since 1990. Surprisingly, the Boss is bested in this category by Celine Dion, who has taken to the stage 1143 times in that period, most likely owing to her Las Vegas residency.
Madonna and Bon Jovi round off the top five, with Billboard noting the average age of vocalists in the top 10 sits at 56 (and-a-half) years and more than half of the 25 acts feature artists who are over 60.
The list features only four acts who released their debut albums after 1990. Those are Dave Matthews Band (1993), Toby Keith (1993), Kenny Chesney (1994) and representing this century are international superstars Coldplay (2000).
Australia’s very own AC/DC also managed to scrape into 25th spot having grossed $337 million from 316 shows. See the full list below.
Billboards Top 10 Live Artists From 1990-2014
And the rest…
11. The Police/Sting
12. Roger Waters
13. Paul McCartney
14. Billy Joel
15. Rod Stewart
16. Neil Diamond
19. George Strait
20. Jimmy Buffett
22. Toby Keith
24. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks